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20+ Best Gifts For Journalers They’ll Love

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If you’re looking for some of the best gifts for journalers that they’re sure to love, then look no further! Here’s my pick of over 20 journaling gifts you might not have thought of yet – and to suit all budgets!

I’ve been making and writing in journals for nearly three years now and I must say, I would love to receive any one of these gifts. So, I hope the journaler in your life will love these gift ideas just as much as I do!

My Journal Lovers’ Gift Guide At A Glance

20+ Best Gifts For Journalers They'll Love

If you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to read the full blog post, then listed below are all the gifts I’ve mentioned so you can see them at a glance.

  1. Handmade journal or notebook
  2. Shop-bought journal or notebook
  3. Speciality pens or a calligraphy set
  4. Wax seal kit or accessories
  5. Journaling accessories
  6. Bookmark or page placeholder
  7. Ephemera bundles and books
  8. Vintage ephemera
  9. Vintage books
  10. Treasure Bookmaking by Natasa Marinkovic
  11. Creative Journaling by Renee Day
  12. How To Bullet Plan by Rachel Wilkerson Miller
  13. Journal prompts list or cards
  14. Writing-themed jewellery
  15. Storage boxes and desk organisers
  16. Journaling subscription box
  17. DIY journal gift
  18. A journaling workshop, class or retreat
  19. Candles and aromatherapy gifts
  20. Cosy Hygge gifts
  21. Comfy chair with lumbar support
  22. Practically anything from my journal supplies list
  23. Gift cards and vouchers
  24. BONUS: DIY wrapping paper
  25. BONUS: More gift ideas for journal lovers

20+ Best Gifts For Journalers They’ll Love

Finally, if you’d like to know more about why I recommend each of these best gifts for journalers, then here’s what I have to say about them.

1. Handmade journal or notebook

DIY Travel Notebook Using A Passport Holder
DIY notebook made from an upcycled passport holder

Where would a journaler be without their journal? For an extra special gift, have you thought about making them a beautiful journal from scratch?

Not only will they find this gift practical, but they’ll also treasure it so much more than just any old journal or notebook.

If you’ve never made a journal before, then there are lots of ways to make them. I make junk journals so my advice on this website and my YouTube channel is focused on that type of journal.

But you might also find these resources helpful:

RELATED: DIY Travel Notebook Set – Upcycled Passport Holder Idea [Video]

2. Shop-bought journal or notebook

Shop bought journals make a great gift for journal lovers!
Journals that were available in my Etsy shop

Of course, if you don’t have time to make a journal or notebook, then the journaler in your life will still love a new journal that you’ve handpicked just for them.

Maybe they have a favourite colour? Or maybe they use their journals in specific ways such as bullet journaling or manifesting their hopes and dreams?

Given journaling is so popular (yes, even today in a world full of technology), you’ll find all kinds of journals to suit who you’re buying for.

To help you narrow it down, here are some of my favourites:

Psst! Did you know I also sell my journals on Etsy? Why not favourite my shop so you can get notified whenever I list something new?

3. Speciality pens or a calligraphy set

Calligraphy pen gift
A calligraphy set is a fabulous gift for journalers!

Just as your favourite journaler needs a journal to write in, they also need pens to write with.

Of course, you could buy them any old pen set. But for an extra lovely gift, why not consider buying them a set of pretty or special pens such as these personalised diamond pens?

Or maybe they’d enjoy learning calligraphy? Here’s a gorgeous calligraphy set to get them started, which even comes with a custom journal and feather pen.

4. Wax seal kit or accessories

Junk journal wax seal kit
And a wax seal kit goes perfectly with a calligraphy gift

Speaking of calligraphy, do you know what would go really well with that? A wax seal set like this stunning one.

Journalers can use this gift in various ways. Maybe they want to use wax seals in collages inside their journals?

Or maybe they’re like me and they love old-fashioned or vintage things? Either way, they’ll have great fun with a wax seal kit.

You could even choose a wax seal stamp to suit what they love most such as a leaf stamp for nature lovers or a heart stamp if you’re buying a romantic gift for them.

RELATED: Quick & Easy Regency Letter Folding Technique (Jane Austen’s Method!)

5. Journaling accessories

Aside from pens, the journaler in your life probably also needs accessories to help them make page spreads they can be proud of.

Perhaps you could bundle together a few small accessories from the list below:

6. Bookmark or page placeholder

Book spine bookmarks
DIY book spine bookmarks

If they write in their journal every day or week, then they’ll probably find a bookmark or placeholder useful to help them get to their next page quicker.

You could make your own such as these book spine bookmarks or a cross stitch bookmark if you enjoy sewing things by hand.

Alternatively, you could just buy one. Here are some of my favourites I’ve found so far:

RELATED: DIY Book Spine Bookmarks – Quick & Easy How To!

7. Ephemera bundles and books

Book page ephemera for junk journals
Handmade journal ephemera

If they’re into junk journals, art journals and collaging, then they’ll love receiving some inspiring ephemera bundles or books.

If you look for ephemera bundles they can cut up to use in their collages then that will be a great gift. Or they might find it inspiring to receive handmade ephemera they can use in their journals.

You’ll find various ephemera bundles on Etsy. You can also buy ephemera books such as this book of vintage book lover ephemera and this ephemera sticker book.

RELATED: What is Junk Journal Ephemera? Your Ephemera Questions Answered!

8. Vintage ephemera

Vintage junk journal supplies
Vintage ephemera bundle for journalers

Speaking of ephemera, if they enjoy making or writing in vintage-themed journals, or they just like old things, then they’ll love a bundle of vintage ephemera.

From vintage book page bundles like these to vintage wallpaper scraps like the ones I sell in my shop, you have plenty of options.

I usually find my vintage ephemera on Etsy or eBay, so it’s well worth searching on those sites first.

9. Vintage books

Vintage books
Vintage books on display

Or why not buy them some vintage books they can use for their collages and journals?

You can find vintage books in many secondhand bookshops or online and they don’t have to cost the earth.

I’d suggest buying them two or three books to give them enough variety. Plus, this will keep them going for several months so it’s a gift that keeps on giving.

10. Books about journaling

Speaking of books, they might also enjoy reading books about journaling – to get tips and advice as well as inspiration.

Here are a couple of books I recommend:

11. Journal prompt lists and prompt cards

Journal prompt cards

Sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what to write in a journal – especially if you get bored saying the same kind of thing over and over again.

This is where journal prompts come in! They can often “prompt” you into writing something new and unexpected.

Maybe you’re also a journaler and already know of some inspiring journal prompts. Why not slip these into a journal or package them up with another gift from this list to inspire your friend or loved one?

Alternatively, you can use my journal prompts list for inspiration. You can find it here as well as a handy printout you’re welcome to use for your gift.

You can even buy journal prompt cards such as these LSW Mind Cards and this self-discovery card deck.

These are especially fun as they encourage writers to draw a card for the day, week, month, etc and they then focus their journal entries on that particular prompt.

RELATED: 52 Junk Journal Prompts To Help You Write In Your Junk Journal

12. Writing-themed jewellery

If they have all the journal supplies they could possibly want for now, then it’s time to think outside of the box!

How about some journaling- or writing-themed jewellery for a unique gift idea?

Here are some fabulous examples I’ve found online:

13. Storage boxes and desk organisers

Ephemera storage for journalers
Ephemera storage is definitely needed!

Of course, if they have a ton of journaling supplies and accessories, then they’re probably also crying out for some kind of organisation system.

Seriously, organising craft supplies is like an entirely separate hobby!

Especially for journalers, they’ll probably find the following most helpful:

RELATED: Junk Journal Supplies Organization Video Series

14. Journaling subscription box

Your Creative Studio Journaling Subscription Box
Journaling supplies I received in a subscription box

Of course, there’s no denying that new craft supplies are hella inspiring… no matter how much we might already own!

Why not treat them to a journaling subscription box where they can enjoy brand-new supplies every month?

You could try a one-off subscription, a 3-month subscription or even a longer one for 6 months or an entire year. This is quite literally the gift that keeps on giving!

I especially like this subscription from Your Creative Studio, which is very good value for money and contains unique items designed by them.

15. DIY journal gift

DIY journal gift - Christmas clipboard set
DIY journal gift (clipboard set)

Okay, so this gift idea is probably my favourite! I’m a total sucker for DIY gifts. So are many of us to be fair.

And you could easily put together your very own DIY journal gift. Grab a gift basket or pretty box and fill it with various small gifts such as a journal or notebook, a pretty pen, washi tape and stickers, a candle, cosy socks and some individually wrapped tea bags.

And hey presto! Your friend or loved one receives a thoughtful gift they can use for all their journaling needs.

Or, if you want to get a little more crafty with your DIY journal gift, then check out my video for a clipboard gift I made by upcycling a book cover and attaching various journaling supplies to it.

16. A journaling workshop, class or retreat

While writing in a journal is a great time for self-reflection and quiet time, it can also get a little lonely.

Maybe the journaler in your life would enjoy getting together with some like-minded people at a journaling workshop, class or retreat.

Have a look online to see what’s happening in your local area or in a city they might enjoy spending a few days in.

17. Candles and aromatherapy gifts

Cosy candle and coffee
Candles and aromatherapy add ambience to a journaling session

Whenever I’m making journals (or writing in them!), I love having a candle burning (at a safe distance).

Journaling is a relaxing hobby in and of itself, but candles and aromatherapy make it even more so.

Here are a few of my favourite shops to buy this kind of item from (especially for gifts):

18. Cosy Hygge gifts

Alongside candles and aromatherapy gifts, you might also enjoy choosing a soft cushion or blanket your journaler can cuddle into when they’re writing. Or maybe you could buy them a fluffy pair of socks to wear?

I call these “Hygge gifts” and they really help make the journaling experience extra cosy.

Cosy Hygge gifts for journaling
Getting cosy with blankets and cushions

19. Comfy chair with lumbar support

Speaking of comfort, if you want to splurge a little on the journaler in your life, then a chair with lumbar support will probably benefit them (and their back health!)

Here’s the one I use. I used to have very bad back problems, but they’ve almost completely gone away since using this chair.

20. Practically anything from my journal supplies list

Still feeling stuck for gift ideas? Why not check out this list of supplies I use when making my junk journals? You might find some more ideas there.

I’ve divided the list into two categories: “essentials” and “nice-to-haves”.

I’m sure the journaler in your life will appreciate anything mentioned on that list (as well as the various gifts I’ve mentioned above).

21. Gift cards and vouchers

Of course, if you’re really stuck for ideas, or you’ve left things to the last minute, then a gift card or voucher will be your saving grace.

I recommend buying them a gift card from Etsy or Amazon as these websites will provide your journaling friend or loved one with the most choice.

Bonus No.1: Make journal-themed wrapping paper

DIY Wrapping Paper Using Book Pages
DIY wrapping paper made from book pages

If you’re feeling crafty, then maybe you fancy making your very own journal-themed wrapping paper and gift tags to go with your special gift.

You can use practically anything, but one of my favourites is book page wrapping paper! Here’s my quick and easy tutorial to show you what to do.

Bonus No.2: How to find more journaling gifts

Finally, if you’re after even more journaling gift ideas, then here are some resources to help you out:

And if all else fails, why not browse through Etsy’s picks of gifts for him, her and friends to help you find something else they’ll love?


And there you have it – 20+ fabulous gifts for journalers they’ll actually want. I hope you’ve found this list helpful and packed full of ideas just in time for Christmas and/or that special someone’s birthday!

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20+ Best Gifts For Journalers They'll Love
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Justine Jenkins

Justine is the brains behind the House of Mahalo craft blog, YouTube channel and Etsy shop. She's been cross-stitching since she was 10, baking since she was 6 and just generally creating something fabulous for as far back as she can remember. In 2020, Justine started upcycling various items around the house, and in 2021, she discovered the wonderful world of junk journals. Since then, she's made well over 30 journals and folios by hand, alongside various handmade gifts and home decor pieces. Justine now shares tutorials and inspiring DIY ideas via this craft blog, her YouTube videos and in her Facebook group called Junk Journal Ideas and Inspiration.

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